i am having a nightmare at the moment with my daughters 57 plate mini one 1.4 auto.
she has had a problem as i thought was tracking,
We had the tracking lazer tracked which has not sorted the problem, its still pulling to the curb.
So i took the car to a independant garage who checked the car all over and could not find the cause of the problem.
have you any ideas?
The next step is taking it to mini but what more can they do.
Hi Guys, Thanks for the replies, This is a bit scary, i realy thought it was a one off single problem but obviously not, perhaps this thread should be put on the main forum pages to see how many more people are having trouble?
I have her car booked in for the 9th December.
Regards Dave ( now a very worried father )
As a simple test you can do: If you find a deserted stretch of road, drive in both directions using the same lane (i.e. you'll be on the 'wrong' side of the road for one direction - as if overtaking an invisible car), at precisely the same speed, trying to keep your tyres equidistant from the curb for a direct comparison. If it's just the natural camber sensitivity that's causing the pull, then the tendency to track towards the curb should be identical in both directions. Otherwise, if the car tends to track more heavily towards one side than the other, then you may indeed have a minor problem.
Another way to check is to find a perfectly level deserted carpark and try accelerating and braking in a straight line to check for pull to either side. As above, do the run in both directions using the same patch of tarmac.
Make sure that you check that tyre pressure. If it is off by even 1 PSI it can cause the car to pull in some cases.
I have also noticed that my wheels have an effect on it as well. My MINI wheels are heavy and the car trammels more with them on than with my Kazaras on...
Bottom line is that the suspension setup on the MINI will cause the car to pull with road camber and with ruts in the road. It is a characteristic of the car. Andrew points out some good tests to check it out. I'm willing to bet that the road is the culprit in most cases.
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